With the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang just two years away, the American automaker is putting the pedal to the metal on the next-gen car’s final design details. J Mays, Ford’s design director, was at the Frankfurt Motor Show and spoke with Automotive News on how the 2015 Mustang is shaping up.
In an interview with Automotive News, Mays stated that the styling is “being locked down.” He also stated that the next Mustang will skip the retro look employed on the current generation.
“The challenge or the opportunity for 2014 with a 50th anniversary car is to not just look back over your shoulder, but to try to win all of the Mustang faithful yet bring the brand forward as well,” he says.
Like many of the recent products to come from the automaker, the next Mustang will be a display of the “One Ford” program. That means for the first time ever, the Mustang will be sold in overseas markets such as England, Japan, and Australia. Additionally, Ford’s design studios in Europe and Australia are contributing to the design.
“It has to look like a Mustang,” Mays said. “But you go down a list of things that might or might not be necessary to make the car look like a Mustang.”
Mays didn’t provide any clues on mechanical bits, though it’s widely assumed that the 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines should carry over since they are fairly new designs. One thing that won’t be making its way back, however, is the live rear axle, which should get the axe to make room for an independent rear suspension setup.
Source: Automotive News